Tips for photographers: Getting published

NOW THAT YOU’VE mastered all of the rules, don’t forget to break them! Underexpose to the sun.

Take a photo of a portrait that only has a head, shoulder and bottom 10th of the frame …. Get wild.

Sometimes the most beautiful images are not in line with the rules. However, they work because the photographer deliberately broke the rules to create something unique.

Michael Clark, the adventure sports photographer, explains that “Creating a great photo, an image that grabs your viewers and resonates – happens only a few occasions a year even for the most professional photographers. It’s the pursuit and pursuit of these images that will drive your photographic process.”

Before you can break the rules, you must first learn them. Then you will break them down to discover the fourth ingredient. Get a camera and a glass of wine, and get creative with these ingredients.

You will eventually find that fourth ingredient. Your photograph might grab our attention, slow us down, and temporarily transports us to another world. Enjoy snapping.

Raw photography

There are many digital image formats available in today’s media world. JPG is the most popular, but it is a compressed format that loses colour and tonal information.

On the other side, TIFF is not compressed but slows down buffers and workflows and creates large files.

It is best to buy a large-capacity memory card and shoot raw.

RAW file formats like Adobe’s DNG and Nikon’s NEF, or Canon’s CRF2 preserve incredible data. They also allow for advanced post-production without any noticeable quality loss.

Photo backups

Back up your hard drive, CD or DVD while on the road.

Your adventures should be filled with many images, but you also need to have a few truly memorable photos.

These images are what you want to improve through digital darkroom techniques… but that is a whole lesson.

Make your photo publishable.

If you want to publish your images in magazines, it is important to understand the requirements fully and keep this in mind.

Images may be required for double-page spreads (DPS). You will need to compose a photo that allows text overlay and a composition that does not place your key subject on the fold.

A variety of images will be needed to create a feature. There are a few large DPS photos, several vertical images to fill an entire A4 page, and a few smaller detail images to tell your story.

Remember to leave enough space for your masthead and cover lines if you are shooting with a front cover.

Take off your sunglasses and make sure your eyes are clear. Could you keep it simple? One ‘hero’ is all that is needed for a cover.

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